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Assassin's Creed III set for DLC treatment?

Assassin's Creed III could be getting a large amount of DLC after its release.

Hit action adventure title Assassin's Creed III looks to be getting expanded upon with a huge amount of downloadable content (DLC), as indicated by a leaked letter from Ubisoft to the US video game retailer GameStop.

The letter, which was posted by the website Kotaku, revealed that there is an entirely new development team being created to work on episodic content for Assassin's Creed III.

Ubisoft appear to be releasing such a wealth of content that it can warrant selling some kind of "season pass" that provides players access to all of the DLC at a cheaper price than they would have to pay picking them all up individually.

It is unknown as to whether this extra content will be single player or multiplayer, but given the success Ubisoft had with its Assassin's Creed II DLC, it is likely to at least in part expand upon the solo campaign.

The letter could yet be a hoax, but it seems likely that Ubisoft will want to maximise the potential of its latest big budget title with extra paid-for content.

The game has, however, not even hit shop shelves yet, as it is not expected for release on the PC until the end of October.

It is set before, during and after American Revolution between 1753 and 1783 with a brand new protagonist named Connor Kenway, who is half-English and half-Native American.

Gamers can also expect to spend much more of the plot in the "present day" setting, with Desmond playing a much more significant role in the plot.

Kenway will encounter a large number of significant historical figures in the game, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams, and have the opportunity to explore 18th century New York and Boston, as well as Frontier land complete with forest, cliffs and rivers.